Education manipulation in Pakistan


Local primary schools in Peshawar, Pakistan might be getting their textbooks reworked to ensure that “objectionable material” is avoided. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government in Khyber Paktunkhwa has taken this decision in an attempt to please the key partner in the ruling coalition, Jamaat-i-Islami. The meeting held in Peshawar last week was attended by Atif Khan, the education minister, Qaisar Alam, the secretary of education and Jamal Nasir, the chairman of the textbook board. The revised syllabus will conform to Islamic teachings and the ideology of Pakistan. Complaints had arisen from the provincial government removing lessons on the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his wives and four caliphs of Muslims from textbooks and inducted contents about Ranjit Singh, Raja Dahir, and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan instead. Now teachings of Islam and the introduction of important Muslim personalities will be in the new syllabus for schools. Read more about education and this debacle at Dawn.

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